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Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 5:04 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Angels introduced Jerry Dipoto on Saturday as their new general manager, signing him to a three-year deal with two option years. The 43-year-old will be a full-time GM for the first time.

He's coming off a successful 2011 season in which he was senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Diamondbacks. Dipoto, widely regarded around the game, had been the interim GM for most of 2010 Arizona season, and was a strong candidate for the Orioles GM job as well. Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that he will give the Angels fresh ideas, something the team desperately needs.

Dipoto altered the future of Arizona significantly when he traded Dan Haren last season. He traded Haren to the Angels for pitcher Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs. The inclusion of Saunders, a lefty best suited to the back of the rotation, was head-scratching and the fact Dipoto felt his win-loss record reflected his abilities as a pitcher was maddening. Saunders went 3-7 the rest of the way in 2010 despite a lower ERA for Arizona (4.25) than with Los Angeles (4.62). This season Saunders bounced back with a 3.69 ERA, but isn't expected to return to Arizona, as incumbent GM Kevin Towers feels he will be overpriced.

Dipoto was a former reliever with the Indians, Mets and Rockies before he joined the Red Sox in 2003. He followed Josh Byrnes to Arizona after a brief sojourn in Colorado. When Byrnes was fired early on in 2010, Dipoto took over until Towers was hired.

Dipoto also made another trade during his time as interim GM, masterfully outwitting White Sox GM Kenny Williams in agreeing to trade starter Edwin Jackson -- ineffective, with a pricey contract -- for fellow starter Dan Hudson. Hudson broke out as one of the game's better (and cheapest) starters this year. 

Dipoto will have a tough job on his hands in Los Angeles. The team has an up-and-coming list of players headed by Michael Trout, but is crippled financially. The Angels have one more year left of Torii Hunter at $18 million and Bobby Abreu at $9 million. And don't forget the $24 million owed Vernon Wells next season and the $74 million over the next three seasons. 

That's an awful outfield for Dipoto to navigate through, and one of his first tasks will be how to give these players a chance to succeed (or be traded) while keeping room open for Trout and fellow young outfielder Peter Bourjos. Dipoto will benefit from having Kendrys Morales back, who should be ready to return after being knocked out in May 2010 with injury. But that will only create more of a logjam as Mark Trumbo has earned more playing time after bashing 29 homers as a rookie.

Once the Angels can get through 2012 its payroll flexibility will open wide up -- just in time for what could be a historic free agent class -- and there will be a bumper crop of prospects for Dipoto to work with. Given his background in scouting and player development, he figures to put an emphasis on developing Los Angeles' farm system. The Diamondbacks, under DiPoto, bore fruit early on but entered a stagnant period that is only just improving.

It's unclear just how much power he will have in L.A., as owner Arte Moreno is very hands on and manager Mike Scioscia wields a ton of power. How Dipoto can integrate himself into the Angels will go a long way in determining whether the Angels' recent fallow run is a reloading or a rebuilding.

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Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:30 am

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

In the spirit of optimism, welcome Dipito. I hope you are given the tools and the cash to get some consistent sticks to put runs on the board. I miss my post season Angels and hoping to see them in the playoffs next year.................oh wait I just saw another article that payroll is dropping, hhmmm not a good start.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:00 am

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

I wish Jerry Dipoto well as the new GM of the Angels but he will need lot's of luck to turn that awful team and there run down fans into winners like the D-backs are. No doubt that Dipoto would have been better off somewhere else then the Angles team but I hope him well no matter what happens there for him.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:18 am

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

The Haren trade was a fail and outsmarting Kenny Williams shouldn't count for much. Good luck....

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:10 pm

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

Maybe Sosh need someone like Dipoto to get the best out of Abreu. Hunter and Wells complement each other when they are confident and hitting the ball well. Wells and Hunter last year were trying too hard, especially with Abreu having such a woeful performance with the bat.

Lets hope Dipoto can help sort out the pitching and Abreu issues and take the pressure off Sosh.

Hatcher needs to go

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:34 pm

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

A press conference is expected on Saturday announcing the hiring.

I dont think the Angels have announced anything.

 Scott Miller of has confirmed

But he did and probably shouldn't have. But I dont know lol.

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:09 pm

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

MLB has a policy that teams NOT announce ANY hirings/signings during world series game days.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:01 pm

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM

Angels vice president Tim Mead saying, "Today our attention and our focus should and will be directed toward Game 7 of the World Series."
Why?  Are you in it?  I didn't think so.  Damn Anaheim Angels.

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